Winter Course Suggestions in Earth and Space Sciences

ESS 106 – Living with Volcanoes (3) I&S/NW
SLN:  13629  MWF 3:30-4:20

This course explores volcanic activity from Washington, Earth, and the solar system.  Students will learn how volcanoes work, and how they affect both the environment and human society.  Examples from past and recent volcanic activity will be used to illustrate principles as well as looking at the possibility of predicting future eruptions.

ESS 202 – Earthquakes (5) NW
SLN:  13634  TTh 10:30-11:50

Earthquakes generate the geology in the Pacific Northwest.  We will unveil the plate tectonic forces behind our landscape, concentrating on the earthquakes, but also addressing volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis.  We will look at the ways these disasters damage our cities, and how we can lessen the danger from future earthquakes.

A laboratory explores the physical processes associated with earthquakes.
Taught by Prof. (and State Seismologist) John Vidale.  Open especially to non-science majors.

ESS 202 Course Flyer